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PHOTOS: Great Reno Balloon Race Lifts Off This Weekend


The Great Reno Balloon Race takes to Reno’s sky for the 35th year this Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. In addition to the morning Glow Shows and Dawn Patrol, fans can expect to see a variety of special-shaped balloons, including Angry Birds; Jewel, a hummingbird; Pegleg Pete, a pirate parrot; Rio Grande Raider, a pirate ship; SnoBird, a camera carrying penguin; Piranha and more. 

Credit: Ty O’Neil

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 9

3:30 a.m. Gates Open

5:15 a.m. Super Glow Show

6:45 a.m. Mass Ascension Launch

7 a.m. Biggest Little Pajama Party

9:30 a.m. E.L. Cord Foundation Tissue Paper Launch

Saturday, September 10

3:30 a.m. Gates Open

5 a.m. Glow Show

6:45 a.m. Mass Ascension Launch

7 a.m. Biggest Little Pajama Party & Bed Head Competition

Sunday, September 11

3:30 a.m. Gates Open

5 a.m. Glow Show

6 a.m. Girl Scouts Scavenger Hunt

6:45 a.m. City of Reno Proclamation for 35th anniversary

7 a.m. Mass Ascension Launch

Visit RenoBalloon.com for parking and transportation information, along with tips for enjoying the event.

Ty O'Neil
Ty O'Neil
Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.




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